Monday, March 16, 2020
Hello this is Mike Langston, race director of the Chisholm Trail Marathon. Many of you are aware of the current state our country is in facing the COVID-19 pandemic. This has obviously affected many areas of our lives at the moment with the closing of schools, restaurants and public gathering spaces.
Last week on Thursday March 12 we were excited and looking forward to an amazing race weekend. The next day, Friday the 13th, I was contacted by city officials at approximately 4 p.m. that Sedgwick county had placed a ban on gatherings of 250 people or more and that all city permits would be canceled due to the threat of COVID-19.
As Race Director I understand completely that we must do everything we can to preserve our public safety and health at all costs. As a runner It was a difficult thing for me to accept, but in the end I agree completely with the decisions that were made for our public safety.
Personally I am devastated and heartbroken that the 2020 Chisholm Trail Marathon is canceled until next year. There has been a tremendous amount of sacrifice and hard work put forth from both our organization and from you as participants through time, training and finances.
I have received many calls, texts and emails regarding what we are planning as far as refunds, virtual race and swag pickup.
How do I get a refund?
The Chisholm Trail Marathon cannot offer a refund for any reason as many expenses have been pre-paid.
Will there be a “virtual race” held instead?
At this time, we feel in the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic that all participants should keep running on their own but avoid gathering in a group setting.
Is there a way to still get my medal, participant shirt and socks?
Finally for some good news, YES! We have our medals, socks and participant’s shirts for the 2020 event. As soon as the ban on large gatherings is lifted, we will be announcing a time and location for SWAG pickup for the 2020 Chisholm Trail Marathon. If you are from out of town and would still like to receive your swag please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and mailing address and we will send it to you.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support, love and understanding in these very difficult and unsettling times. I speak for everyone at the CTM organization when I say that we will be back next spring stronger than ever! Expect an amazing event to be held on 3/21/2021!
Until then, keep your families safe and keep on running!
Chisholm Trail Marathon